MISSION UPDATE VIA SPACEX
This morning, at 2:53 AM Pacific/5:53 AM Eastern, NASA astronauts stationed on board the International Space Station opened the hatch to SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft.
Astronaut Don Pettit opened the hatch and he and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Station Commander, entered the Dragon for initial inspections. They were joined at the entrance of the hatch by ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.
The operation went smoothly and ahead of schedule. Dragon’s interior looked good and Pettit remarked on the vehicle’s new car smell.
SpaceX engineers in Hawthorne, CA are putting Dragon into its final configuration for the duration of its visit to the station. Now the astronauts will get to work unloading the more than 1,000 pounds of cargo before refilling the vehicle with more than 1,400 pounds of cargo that will make the trip home.